HNoMS Eskdale (L 36)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class
|Navy||The Royal Norwegian Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type III)|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Ordered||28 Jul 1940|
|Laid down||18 Jan 1941|
|Launched||16 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||31 Jul 1942|
|Lost||14 Apr 1943|
Sunk by German motor torpedo boat S-90 off The Lizard, Cornwall. 25 Of the crew died, 155 survived.
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Notable events involving Eskdale include:
28 Aug 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Argonaut (Capt. E.W.L. Longley-Cook, RN), HNoMS Eskdale (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill, RNorN) and possibly other vessels. (1)
12 Dec 1942
The British destroyers HMS Whitshed, HMS Worcester and HMS Vesper, the British escort destroyers HMS Brocklesby and HMS Albrighton, and the Norwegian escort destroyer Eskdale attacked German shipping in the English Channel. Eskdale torpedoed and sank Sperrbrecher 144/Beijerland (387 BRT) west of Le Treport, France in position 50°05'N, 01°09'E and Whitshed torpedoed and sank Sperrbecher 178/Gauss (1236 BRT) north-east of Dieppe, France in position 50°04'N, 01°09'E.
14 Apr 1943
The German 5th S-Flottille (S-65, S-81, S-82, S-90, S-112 and S-121 attacked convoy PW-323 off Lizard Head. The convoy was escorted by the Norwegian destroyers Eskdale, Glaisdale and 3 trawlers. S-90 torpedoed and sank the Eskdale and S-121 torpedoed and sank the merchant Stanlake (1742 GRT). (2)
- ADM 173/17240
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.